Our Founding Fathers On Religion

THOMAS JEFFERSON

“I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives…. It is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be read. By the same test the world must judge me. But this does not satisfy the priesthood. They must have a positive, a declared assent to all their interested absurdities. My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. The artificial structures they have built on the the purest of all moral systems, for the purpose of deriving from it pence and power, revolt those who think for themselves, and who read in that system only what is really there.”

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mrs. M. Harrison Smith: Mrs. M. Harrison, August 6, 1816. From Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich, eds., The Harper Book of American Quotations, New York: Harper & Row, 1988, p. 492.

“A professorship of Theology should have no place in our institution (the University of Virginia.)”

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, October 7, 1814. From Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich, eds., The Harper Book of American Quotations, New York: Harper & Row, 1988, p. 492.

“During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.”

Thomas Jefferson was our third president and author of the Declaration of Independence; Jefferson said:

“I trust that there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian.”

He referred to the Revelation of St. John as “the ravings of a maniac” and wrote:

“The Christian priesthood, finding the doctrines of Christ levelled to every understanding and too plain to need explanation, saw, in the mysticisms of Plato, materials with which they might build up an artificial system which might, from its indistinctness, admit everlasting controversy, give employment for their order, and introduce it to profit, power, and pre-eminence. The doctrines which flowed from the lips of Jesus himself are within the comprehension of a child; but thousands of volumes have not yet explained the Platonisms engrafted on them: and for this obvious reason that nonsense can never be explained.”

“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.”

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a Virgin Mary, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter…. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away [with] all this artificial scaffolding.”

Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 11 April 1823, as quoted by E. S. Gaustad, “Religion,” in Merrill D. Peterson, ed., Thomas Jefferson: A Reference Biography, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986, p. 287.

Jefferson expressed himself strongly on that larger apocalypse, the Book of Revelation, in a letter to Alexander Smyth of 17 January 1825:

“…….merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy, nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.”

Apocalyptic writing deserved no commentary, for “what has no meaning admits no explanation”; therefore, apocalyptic prophecies associated with Jesus deserved and would receive no attention from Jefferson in his Life and Morals of Jesus.

E. S. Gaustad, “Religion,” in Merrill D. Peterson, ed., Thomas Jefferson: A Reference Biography, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986, p. 287.

Jefferson wrote voluminously to prove that Christianity was not part of the law of the land and that religion or irreligion was purely a private matter, not cognizable by the state.

Leonard W. Levy, Treason Against God: A History of the Offense of Blasphemy, New York: Schocken Books, 1981, p. 335

“This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate error so long as reason is free to combat it.”

Thomas Jefferson, to prospective teachers, University of Virginia; from George Seldes, ed., The Great Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1983, p. 364.

GEORGE WASHINGTON

“Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”

George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792; from George Seldes, ed., The Great Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1983, p. 726.

The words “In God We Trust” were not consistently on all U.S. currency until 1956, during the McCarthy Hysteria.

James Madison

“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”

James Madison, fourth president and father of our Constitution, was not religious in any conventional sense.

John Adams

“The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses….”

John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” [1787-1788]; from Adrienne Koch, ed., The American Enlightenment: The Shaping of the American Experiment and a Free Society, New York: George Braziller, 1965, p. 258.

The country’s second president, was drawn to the study of law but faced pressure from his father to become a clergyman. He wrote that he found among the lawyers ‘noble and gallant achievments” but among the clergy, the “pretended sanctity of some absolute dunces”. Late in life Adams wrote:

“Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out, “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!”

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate to the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, said:

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion…has received various corrupting Changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his Divinity; tho’ it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the Truth with less trouble.” – He died a month later, and historians consider him, like so many great Americans of his time, to be a Deist, not a Christian.



Thomas Paine

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.”

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794-1795. From Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich, eds., The Harper Book of American Quotations, New York: Harper & Row, 1988, p. 494.

“Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies.”

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794-1795. From Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich, eds., The Harper Book of American Quotations, New York: Harper & Row, 1988, p. 494.

“The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the Divinity, the most destructive to morality and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist.”

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794-1795. From Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich, eds., The Harper Book of American Quotations, New York: Harper & Row, 1988, p. 494.

Note:

William Stringfellow, lawyer and lay theologian, as quoted in the Dallas Times Herald, December 9, 1978, p. A-27, according to Alan F. Pater and Jason R. Pater, compilers and editors, What They Said in 1978: The Yearbook of Spoken Opinion, Beverly Hills, CA: Monitor Book Co., 1979, p. 447.

“The government has leverage on religious groups because of the tax-exemption privilege. Church leaders, eager for the church to be free to be the church, should ask for the removal of this privilege. If there were no tax privilege for religious groups, hucksters and people who are using religion as a cover for political movements would be discouraged.”

We MUST END THE WAR ON DRUGS! I’m talking about ending the war on drugs on the state and federal levels.

Here’s a list of problems caused by the WAR ON DRUGS:

1) The WAR ON DRUGS is 100% unnecessary;
2) The WAR ON DRUGS has many victims: men, women and children wounded and killed by police and drug dealers;
3) The WAR ON DRUGS fuels police brutality and murder;
4)

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee – conservative religious zealot Amy Coney Barrett is a self-proclaimed “Textualist” or “Originalist,” meaning a judge who interprets the U.S. Constitution not as a living, breathing document travelling though time, but interpreted by the exact text and meaning of the text at the time the Constitution was written.

The idea of Originalism/Textualism is that the Constitution means no more or less than what it meant to those who originally wrote and ratified it in 1787.

In other words, a “Textualist” strives to interpret the Constitution the SAME, EXACT WAY a judge in 1787 would have interpreted the Constitution.

Such a literal, textual interpretation of the original words that comprise the Constitution present a myriad of problems for Modern Society.

Justice Neil Gorsuch is a proud textualist. According to this approach, what Congress intended, or expected, when it passed a law doesn’t matter. What matters are the words printed on paper. In practice, Justice Gorsuch will strictly follow the text of statutes, no matter what result it yields.

For starters, here’s a short list of examples of those “problems”:

1) Amy Coney Barrett, like her former boss Justice Antonin Scalia DID NOT AND DO NOT RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER PERSONS IN AMERICA because the original text of the U.S. Constittution does not mention or recognize “transgender.”

2) A convicted felon petitioned the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to regain his 2nd Amendment right to gun ownership, but the Appellate Court denied the Petitioner since he was convicted of an aggravated offense. Amy Coney Barrett was the lone dissenter citing the original text of the U.S. Constitution, Barrett claiming there’s nothing in the original Constitution that allows the state to deny Petititoner’s 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms.

3)

The fundamental question arises from this discussion: Is it the courts’ job to make laws work for the people, or to treat laws as linguistic puzzles? The correct answer is of course a court is supposed to work in favor of the people. How can that be? Too many people seem to forget that ANY OFFICIAL acting under color of law, whether elected, unelected or appointed, OWES A DUTY TO UPHOLD AND PROTECT THAT PERSON’S U.S. CONST. RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES as they encounter or process that person in the scope of their employment.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a county court judge, a police officer or nursing home administrator or education superintendent, because you operate pursuant to and in accordance with a given set of local/state/federal rules/regulations/policies/guidelines, YOU OWE A DUTY TO UPHOLD AND PROTECT THAT PERSON’S U.S. CONST. RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES IN THE DISCHARGE OF YOUR DUTIES.

Most people don’t know that President Nixon was indicted and kept under seal until a few years ago, when the indictments were revealed: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA “The June 5th, 1972 Grand Jury has heard evidence that has led it to return the indictments submitted herewith.”

My recommendation is to sue President Trump for federal crimes committed while in office and ask the court to make a ruling on whether or not Trump violated a particularized set of federal laws and whether or not President Trump violated persons’ U.S. Constitutional rights in the discharge of his duties.

The so-called “conventional wisdom” says you can’t indict a sitting President but that is factually incorrect. Richard Nixon was indicted on four felony counts and was under sealed secret indictment for fifty years until just a few years ago. Unfortunately, Trump Mascot U.S. Attorney General William Barr is not going to indict Trump before he leaves office.

However, Trump should be indicted AFTER Joe Biden takes office and appoints 26 Democrat Justices to the Supreme Court.

Trump needs to be sued by his victims in U.S. District court for violating U.S.C. TITLE 18, SEC. 242 and additional federal statutes; petition the court to make a ruling on whether or not Trump violated federal law. Trump has violated this federal law and additional federal laws REPEATEDLY since entering office.


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Section 242 of U.S.C. Title 18 makes it a federal crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.




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Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 – Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.

This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.

Acts under “color of any law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under “color of any law,” the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.

Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

I recommend Democrats reject bi-partisanship between Democrats and Republicans since the solutions to America’s problems are not found in conservative policy but are found in progressive agenda. Republicans certainly have rejected bi-partisanship in favor of their conservative solutions and conservative appointments. I personally abhor conservatism – I consider conservatism a mild form of mental illness in the narcissistic vein of Donald Trump: “I’m doing great and to hell with you, buddy!”

Conservatives believe government is not supposed to be solving life’s major problems for Americans; Trump refused to invoke the Defense Production Act in the production of PPE – why not? Two reasons: one, Trump believes it’s not the job of the federal government to provide states PPE and testing; 2) Trump and Kushner made money hustling PPE on the private market; Kushner was selling masks for $8,9,10 bucks each whereas had Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, mask prices would have fallen to about a dollar or less per mask. Trump specifically stated he believes the private market would solve the problem, while he stuck his head…in the sand.

I believe and contend we should expand the U.S. Supreme Court to 35 S.C. Justices. Why?

1) To avoid the “Ginsburg Dilemma”” from ever happening again;
2) To lower the court backlog by utilizing 7 quorums of five-member panels – cases randomly assigned to a quorum of justices.

The Democrat Party should model the U.S. Supreme Court after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:

*the 9th Circuit employs 48 justices;

*the 9th Circuit randomly assigns small quorums (or en banc for major cases) to most cases, thereby increasing court caseload;

*if a 9th Circuit judge dies, such death does not derail the continuity of the court and its ability to process their caseload;

This is why I recommend 35 U.S. Supreme Court Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, operating in seven quorums of five-member panels.

Such an arrangement would greatly reduce the court’s backlogged caseload, yet major cases could be decided en banc.

I think voters and party officials/politicians need to come to grip with the reality the incumbent party can set the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is perfectly constitutional for our government to expand the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

A President Joe Biden should shamelessly appoint 26 Democrat U.S. Supreme Court justices to go with the three Democrat justices and the six conservative lifetime-appointees already sitting on the court.

Trump and McConnell will be upset that they didn’t appoint umpteen conservative justices to the Supreme Court before Trump was wheeled out of office…..like McConnell purrs: “Elections have consequences.”


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Progressives Moving the Progressive Agenda Foward

The fact is, Progressives are moving forward advancing the Progressive Agenda. We The Progressives include The Squad and other progressives in the Democrat Party, progressives in the Movement For A People’s Party, and many more progressive groups; i.e., Indivisible, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution,
Progressive Change Campaign Committee – Bold Progressives

Progressive ideals and goals are the future of America because progressivism makes sense for each person living in the U.S. The future of Congress does not include a Republican majority since conservatism nor Trumpism include progressive ideals and goals. I envision a future progressive Congressional coalition between the Democrat Party and a new progressive party to reach supermajority status, enabling such a progressive coalition to undo the judicial sins of Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.

What is the “Progressive Agenda?”

The common grounds progressive agenda includes:

1) Medicare-For-All;

2) Universal Basic Income-For-All;

3) Fully-funding Federal and State Programs;

4) Green New Deal;

5) National Deadline For the Mass-Production of Gasoline Engines;

6) Education-For-All;

7) Eliminating Student Debt;

8) Ending Voter Suppression;

9) Ending Police Brutality and Murder;

10) Ultimate Tax Reform.

When I say the middle class and poor should support big, strong federal government, I’m referring to our federal government’s right and ability to create currency out of thin air. This unique feature of our government is arguably the most important aspect of our government and should be the most celebrated and cherished feature of our government. Fiat money is legal tender created by our U.S. Congress.

Congress enjoys a U.S. Const. right under the fifth clause of Article I, Section 8 to coin money: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States; To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes; To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

Whenever Congress needs money, Congress simply passes a bill and forwards that bill to the U.S. Treasury Dept. whereupon the Secretary of the Treasury “orders” or “borrows” the amount of money Congress has mandated in the bill from the Federal Reserve. Then the Federal Reserve “creates” the money via desktop computer keyboard keystrokes made by the current Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Then the Fed Chairman deposits said fiat money into a U.S. government bank account at the U.S. Treasury Dept., whereupon said fiat funds are accessible to “approved users.” The amount of money borrowed is known as the Federal Deficit and the amount of interest owed to the Federal Reserve is known as the National Debt.

It is absolutely essential voters understand how our Congress creates money in order to support a solution that does NOT include borrowing money from the Federal Reserve and growing a National Debt owed to the Federal Reserve.

We The People should elect a Congress that will print trillion-dollar platinum coins and deposit that U.S. currency directly into our U.S. government bank account at the U.S. Treasury Dept. BYPASSING THE FEDERAL RESERVE and therefore ELIMINATING ANY MORE NATIONAL DEBT INCREASES. There is no good reason the American people must “borrow money” from eight private banking institutions known as “The Federal Reserve” to fund U.S. government operations. There is no good reason the American people must pay interest on using our own money. The Federal Reserve is not a person and enjoys NO U.S. Constitutional right to charge the American people interest for using our own money.

Your entire life your Congress has been lying to you: Congress, in a most bi-partisan manner, has intentionally misled the American people into believing our government finances operate like a household budget: there is a finite amount of money avaialable and we must impose restrictions and austerity measures which include massive military funding and tax breaks for the rich, while never appropriating enough money for the needs of We The People.

Republican conservatives, Libertarians and moderate Democrats are all guilty of misleading the American voter as to the amount of money available for public solutions.

The very key to understanding and realizing THE SOLUTION to solving America’s problems is found in understanding THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE OF DEPOSITING INTEREST-FREE MONEY INTO U.S. GOV’T ACCOUNTS TO FUND THE NEEDS OF WE THE PEOPLE. We The People can and should use the most utilitarian feature of our government to fully fund the needs of We The People; conservatives vehemently oppose funding The People’s needs opting instead to use America’s great power of wealth to fully-fund trillions for the rich, the corporations and special interests.

Congress Mind Games: What About Inflation?

It is a myth that if we increase the money supply, runaway inflation will destroy our economy. Interesting how each time the GOP awarded themselves trillions no one heard a word about inflation before, during or after trillions left the barn.

Because voters have been mislead by Congress into believing they run our government like a household budget, it’s difficult for many to realize the implications of running our government as the fiat government it is. Voters have been horsewhipped by Congress into believing our grandchildren are going to have to pay for our borrowing sins, and that’s why Congress doesn’t have enough money for what you want. It’s virtually counter-intuitive for the average voter to believe increased federal spending means bad times surely ahead when it comes time to pay the piper.

Interestingly enough, America doesn’t need a “Piper” to pay or borrow money from, much less owe money to. Critics of interest-free federal spending cite inflationary warnings in response to the mention of interest-free federal spending; by definition, inflation occurs when production is insufficient to meet supply demands; fortunately, in the 21st century America doesn’t have that problem. U.S. worker production levels are the highest in the world working longer hours than most societies with fewer benefits and lower life expectations. Not one Congressperson has ever uttered a single word about inflationary concerns whenever they propose and pass trillion dollar tax breaks and defense dept. spending bills.

Never forget approx. 75% of GDP is produced by the American worker spending their dollars into the U.S. economy; never forget the American people not only deserve fiat funds but are the very reason our economy enjoys the highest production output in the world. The American people own our currency production and Congress must reflect that fact very soon, lest they be cast aside.

The Incredible Benefits of Fully-funding States With Federal Dollars

Local programs and local needs are usually underfunded due to the state’s inherent need to balance their budget; we can solve the problem of underfunding by funding these local programs with federal dollars. Fully-funding all 50 states and territories with federal fiat dollars would solve problems heretofore deemed “unsolvable.”

What Would Economic Justice Look Like?

Economic justice is measured by the individual’s access to home ownership, fully-paid healthcare, education and nutrition.

Is economic injustice racist? Yes. Not only is economic injustice racist, it’s also classist. So what do you think economic justice would look like?

On the face of it, economic justice should be a state of financial stability for every American which reflects the net worth of America.

The Great White Establishment gets nervous when people start using the terms “economic justice” and “equality” in the same sentence, since economic justice and equality denote the politics of addition and subtraction.

“How Much Money Does Our Government have?”

Bill Maher asked Bernie Sanders, “How much money does our government have? Are we about to run out of money?” Bernie did not answer Bill’s question and quickly changed the subject. Congressmen and women do not like it whenever anyone asks them, “How much money does our government have? Are we about to run out of money?” Because they know they will provide a bogus explanation or no explanation at all. Why is that? Congress has been lying to the American people for decades telling Americans Congress manages our money like a household budget. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is Congress borrows money from the Federal Reserve who creates money OUT OF THIN AIR with a few keystrokes of a Federal Reserve computer. Did you know that? It is absolutely TRUE.

How Do We Pay For What We Want?

Understanding the reality our Congress enjoys a constitutional right to create money out of thin air, the progressive plan is to NOT BORROW MONEY from the Federal Reserve but instead to exercise Congress’ right to create legal tender and deposit said tender DIRECTLY INTO A U.S. GOVERNMENT BANK ACCOUNT AT THE U.S. TREASURY DEPT., INTEREST-FREE.

Then we draw funds from that account to fund our progressive agenda.

Because voters have been lied to by their favorite Congressperson, too many voters incorrectly believe Congress runs our government like a household budget.

What About Inflation?

It is a myth that if we increase the money supply, inflation will destroy our economy. Interesting how each time the GOP awarded themselves trillions no one heard a word about inflation before, during or after trillions left the barn.

What Would Federal Income Tax Justice Look Like?

The sum total of all Federal taxes collected (approx. $600 billion annually) do not come near the amount required to fund government operations. Understanding UTR means understanding how much federal taxes the poor, middle-class and small businesses pay each year. Half of Americans earn only $40,000 a year or less, but pay approx. $266 billion annually in federal taxes. We must remove that federal tax burden from that group of workers. Further, we must raise the top corporate tax rate from 20% up to 55% on all corporations doing business in America with assets over $250 million.

Ending Voter Suppression

Voter suppression takes many forms and Social Security Voting solves those problems; whether it is legal, http://www.ssvoting.com

Ending Police Brutality/Murder

http://rebuildingpolice.comThere are more than 18,000 police departments in America.

What Should Progressives Do?

Top Issues Voter Care About

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of a dark black night
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of a dark black night
Blackbird singing in the dead of night…

Are you familiar with the song “Blackbird” by The Beatles? Most of us are. I had no idea the meaning behind it. Did you? I will never listen to it the same way again.
“Paul McCartney was visiting America. It is said that he was sitting, resting, when he heard a woman screaming. He looked up to see a black woman being surrounded by the police. The police had her handcuffed, and were beating her. He thought the woman had committed a terrible crime. He found out “the crime” she committed was to sit in a section reserved for whites.
Paul was shocked. There was no segregation in England. But, here in America, the land of freedom, this is how blacks were being treated. McCartney and the Beatles went back home to England, but he would remember what he saw, how he felt, the unfairness of it all.
He also remembered watching television and following the news in America, the race riots and what was happening in Little Rock, Arkansas, what was going on in the Civil Rights movement. He saw the picture of 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford attempt to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School as an angry mob followed her, yelling, “Drag her over this tree! Let’s take care of that n**ger!'” and “Lynch her! Lynch her!” “No n**ger b*tch is going to get in our school!”
McCartney couldn’t believe this was happening in America. He thought of these women being mistreated, simply because of the color of her skin. He sat down and started writing.
Last year at a concert, he would meet two of the women who inspired him to write one of his most memorable songs, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, members of the Little Rock Nine (pictured here).
McCartney would tell the audience he was inspired by the courage of these women: “Way back in the Sixties, there was a lot of trouble going on over civil rights, particularly in Little Rock. We would notice this on the news back in England, so it’s a really important place for us, because to me, this is where civil rights started. We would see what was going on and sympathize with the people going through those troubles, and it made me want to write a song that, if it ever got back to the people going through those troubles, it might just help them a little bit, and that’s this next one.”

He explained that when he started writing the song, he had in mind a black woman, but in England, “girls” were referred to as “birds.” And, so the song started:
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting
for this moment to arise.”
McCartney added that he and the Beatles cared passionately about the Civil Rights movement, “so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: ‘Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.’ ”
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting
for this moment to be free.”

Michael Steele presents the scenario and asks the question, “What if Trump is leading at the end of the evening of Nov. 3rd, but there’s still millions of uncounted ballots still being counted and Trump declares victory and tries to stop the ballot-counting process?”

First of all, the President cannot, CANNOT lawfully stop any ballot-counting process, period.